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Kure Beach town council has voted to oppose offshore drilling or testing for oil and gas

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KURE BEACH, North Carolina — Another coastal community is on record opposing offshore drilling for oil.

Kure Beach town council voted Tuesday to oppose both offshore drilling for oil, as well as seismic testing to find oil and gas.

The vote came two years after then-Mayor Dean Lambeth signed a letter supporting offshore testing for oil.

A group opposing offshore drilling, Oceana, says Kure Beach is the 100th municipality on the East Coast to oppose offshore drilling or seismic testing.

The unanimous vote against the drilling and testing is a victory for new Kure Beach Mayor Emilie Swearingen, who defeated Lambeth in November.

Swearingen says protecting the marine life and environment is most important in protecting the quality of life. She said she hopes the vote sends a message to the federal government.

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